The Kitchen House

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Kennebec Large Print, 2012 - Fiction - 625 pages
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Lavinia, a seven-year-old Irish orphan with no memory of her past, arrives on a tobacco plantation where she is put to work as an indentured servant. Placed with the slaves in the kitchen house under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her new adopted family, even though she is forever set apart from them by her white skin. As Lavinia is slowly accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles an opium addiction, she finds herself perilously straddling two very different worlds. When Lavinia marries the master's troubled son and takes on the role of mistress, loyalties are brought into question, dangerous truths are laid bare and lives are put at risk. The Kitchen House is a tragic story of page-turning suspense, exploring the meaning of family, where love and loyalty prevail..

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User Review  - jenn88 - LibraryThing

Seven-year-old Lavinia is orphaned while onboard a ship coming from Ireland. she arrives on the steps of a Virginia tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. This is a really good book! Read full review

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User Review  - Olivermagnus - LibraryThing

The Kitchen House takes place on a Virginia tobacco plantation from 1791 through 1810 and is told from the alternating points of view of Lavinia and Belle. Lavinia is an orphaned indentured servant ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Kathleen Grissom now lives in Virginia, where she and her husband live in the plantation tavern they renovated. In addition to The Kitchen House, she is also the author of Glory Over Everything.

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